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7 Ways to Manage Your Weight During the Holidays

Chris Freytag by Chris Freytag | December 10th, 2013 | 3 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: burn-calories, calories, exercise, Fitness, fitness routine, healthy, healthy-eating, holiday weight gain, holidays, strength training, weight gain, weight-loss, workouts

freytagfeatureThe holidays make you think about minutes in a whole different way. It’s a time when you eat more, drink more, spend more money and sleep less. You feel time-crunched. You do your last-minute shopping. And as fast as you create the holidays, they disappear.

Put a Little Jingle in Your Workout

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | December 10th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness, Giving Back | tags: cardio, Christmas music, Fitness, food bank, gym, Hanukkah, holiday decorations, jog, running, snow angels, snowman, socks, strength training, the firm, volunteer, walk, workout, Yoga

Woman in Santa hat lifting weightsHoliday fun can wear you down — eating, drinking and festivities can take their toll on you mentally and physically. While a workout may seem like the last thing you have the time or energy for, it can enliven your spirit and alleviate stress. Think you have to choose between fitness and fun? Not so! Incorporate elements of the holiday season into your workout routine and you’ll add variety and interest and increase your motivation and enjoyment. Here are some ideas to help you put the holiday spirit into your workout:

Yoga-Inspired Shoulder Strengthening Exercises

Guy@Gaiam by Guy@Gaiam | November 4th, 2013 | 4 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Yoga | tags: exercise, Fitness, guy, guy@gaiam, health and wellness, how-to video, man, men, men's health, physical therapy, shoulders, strength, strength training, therapy, Yoga

Yoga for guys: Strengthen your shoulders

In my youth, I had terrible experiences with my shoulders separating and dislocating at various times during sports. I had my first reconstructive surgery at 18 years old on my right shoulder. This was the result of a year’s worth of extreme snowboarding accidents. Three years later, I was back on the operating table — this time for my left shoulder. After the second surgery, my upper body was extremely tight. Over the years, I had developed major issues with larger muscle groups in my upper body trying to overcompensate for the smaller, weaker muscles surrounding both of my shoulder joints. Even after months of physical therapy, I was worried I might have complications with my shoulders for the rest of my life.

5 Steps to Push-Ups on Your Toes

Kirsten Palmer by Kirsten Palmer | October 30th, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: abs, arm exercises, balance, chest presses, concentric, coordination, eccentric, Elevator Planks, exercise, Fitness, knees, modification, modified push-ups, muscle memory, muscles, plank, push-ups, pushups, reps, strength training, toes, toning

push-ups on your toes

Push-ups are a great all-over upper-body exercise. But they can be intimidating!

Doing push-ups on your knees is a perfectly appropriate modification for anyone who struggles with the move. These modified push-ups target the chest, shoulders, arms and core very well.

What Matters Most When It Comes to Exercise: Quality or Quantity?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | April 1st, 2013 | 1 Comment
topic: Fitness | tags: active, adequate rest, amanda gantt, bad pain, body changes, calorie burn, cardio workouts, challenging workouts, exercise, exercise harder, exercise rest, exercise results, exercise smarter, exercise time, fitness goals, fitness injury, fitness level, fitness maintenance, fitness regimen, full-body exercises, good exercise form, good pain, hectic schedules, high-intensity cardio, increase intensity, injury, muscle recovery, personal time, quality or quantity, resistance-training, short burst, strength training, struggle, take the stairs, the firm, total body workout, train muscle groups, training sessions, walk, weight training, workouts

By The FIRM Master Instructor Amanda Gantt

This is a popular question, especially for those of us who have hit the inevitable plateau with our personal fitness goals. Is it possible to achieve your goals with intense workouts three days a week, instead of less-intense workouts five days a week? I believe the answer is YES! However, you’re going to have to exercise smarter (and harder) in order to see results.

Our schedules are hectic and our personal time is limited. If you are currently struggling to maintain a five-day-a-week fitness regimen, you may want to consider dropping back to working out only three days a week, as this can provide you with the time and results you need, provided that you commit to intense, total-body workouts — and that you give 100-percent effort.

This Joint Is Jumping — Getting Comfortable in an Unstable Body

Jill Miller by Jill Miller | March 13th, 2013 | 6 Comments
topic: Fitness, Yoga | tags: addiction, Astanga, body, bulimia, eating disorder, fanatic, joint cracking, joints, overuse injury, pain, recovery, Relationships, Repetitive Stress Injury, Repetitive Stress Syndrome, self-massage, strength training, tissue breakdown, too much yoga, Yoga, yoga poses

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Are you addicted to crack? Cracking your joints, I mean! There were years during my 20s when I could not fathom getting through my early-morning yoga practice without popping my shoulders, low back, hips and neck. I was popping and cracking my way through the day like a one-woman band.

Usually these fast internal whacks felt great, a rush that temporarily relieved aches and pains. What I didn’t know at the time was that all that cracking was not only emblematic of my body’s instability, but it was accelerating my own tissue breakdown.

Are Your Workouts Wearing You Out?

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | January 23rd, 2013 | No Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: attainable, cardio, diet, energy, exercise, fitness plateau, frequency, goals, intensity, lose-weight, measurable, Melissa Hurst, nutrition, realistic, Reasonable, SMART method, specific, strength training, the firm, time frame, timely, tired, weight training, weight-loss, work out, workout rut, worn down

By The FIRM Master Instructor Melissa Hurst

You’ve made it through the holidays! Your weekly schedule, while still hectic, is becoming more routine and you have even found time to fit in your workouts (hopefully). There’s only one problem: Instead of your workouts re-energizing you, they are wearing you down.

If you are facing this dilemma, you are not alone. There are many reasons why you may feel as though your workouts are not giving you the results (emotionally or physically) you expect.

Five Cardio Myths Exposed

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | July 25th, 2012 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: aerobic, Annie Lee, burn-calories, burn-fat, cardio, cardio workout, cardiovascular, circuit training, cumulative workout, exercise, fact or fiction, fasted state, fat-burning zone, Fitness, interval training, lose-weight, Peripheral Heart Action, PHA, running, step class, strength training, sweating, walking, weight-loss, work out, workout

By The FIRM Master Instructor Annie Lee

Are you confused by all of the information out there about cardio fitness and how to do it so that you get the best results?

“Eat before your workout — No, don’t eat before your workout!”

“Running burns the most calories but walking burns more fat!”

“Work out for 30 minutes a day or don’t bother working out at all!”

It’s enough to put any girl off her workout routing. That’s why we’re getting to the truth behind some popular “cardio myths” — to help you sort out the fact from the fiction.

Week 5: Hit the Weights

Tanja Djelevic by Tanja Djelevic | March 21st, 2012 | 8 Comments
topic: Fitness | tags: 10-week program, bikini body, build muscles, burn-calories, energy levels, exercise, Fitness, health, healthy, leg-ups, lose-weight, metabolism, motivation, personal trainer, push-ups, resistance-training, sit-ups, spring training, strength training, week 5, week five, weeks, weight training, weight-loss, weights, well-being, wellness, Yoga

Weight TrainingIt’s time to hit the weights!

A few days ago, a dear friend of mine called me up with a worried voice. She told me that since she started weight training with her trainer six weeks ago, she was actually feeling bigger and had experienced no significant weight loss. “Am I doing the right thing?” she asked. “Why is this not working?”

That experience of a period of  bloating and weight gain is something I hear from many women I train with, but it’s only temporary!

The Young & the Healthless: How My Fitness Focus Matured As I Did

The FIRM Master Instructor Team by The FIRM Master Instructor Team | March 9th, 2012 | 2 Comments
topic: Fitness, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating, Weight Loss | tags: 20s, 30s, diet, Emily Welsh, energy, exercise, fitness goals, Healthy Aging, healthy-eating, mind-body fitness, motivation, nutrition 20s, plyometrics, strength training, stress-relief, the firm, workout, Yoga

Mother and Daughter Workout

Okay, so Emily Welsh, a Master Instructor for The FIRM, was actually far from “healthless” in her 20s. But one look at her answers to health and fitness questions will tell you Emily — now in her 30s — is now in an even healthier, happier place.